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Tuesday TV: Not Just the Olympics

Frontline: Syria’s Second Front

I'm beginning to hear in my mailbag from those whose reaction to slaloms, snowboarding and skating isn't so much "Oh my!" as "Oh no!" (And we're not talking Apolo.) Personally, I love dipping in and out of the Winter Games, and NBC is giving us plenty of opportunity — not just in the network's prime-time package, but with live online streaming and selected live events (in decidedly not prime-time hours) on cable outlets including NBCSN.

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Video: PBS's American Experience Looks at 1964: The Beatles, Cassius Clay, LBJ and More

The Beatles and Cassius Clay

Their timing was as perfect as their music. The Beatles' first trip to America in February 1964, just a few weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, brought a devastated nation some desperately needed joy and excitement — and that's just one of the many seismic events in the new American Experience documentary 1964, premiering Tuesday on PBS (8/7c, check local listings).

What a year. President Lyndon Johnson spearheaded the landmark Civil Rights Act and launched a war on poverty, students at U.C. Berkeley were rising up in revolt, millions flocked to the futuristic New York World's Fair, Betty Friedan was triggering a feminist firestorm with The Feminine Mystique and Bob Dylan told us — as if we needed further proof — that The Times They Are a-Changin'.

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Peter Bogdanovich on the Night Orson Welles Punk'd America

Orson Welles

Were we really that naive? The PBS American Experience documentary War of the Worlds (Tuesday, Oct. 29) commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Orson Welles radio play The War of the Worlds, a tale of a deadly Martian attack on the U.S. that panicked many thousands ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

The Bachelor

The Bachelor
8/7c ABC
Madison and her fangs might be gone, but Michelle, who keeps threatening to use her fists on any of the 13 other remaining bachelorettes who get in her way, is still very much alive. So keep your dukes up, ladies. But now Michelle has a problem she can't blame on her competitors: She must rappel down the side of a skyscraper, and she's afraid of heights. And Chantal, who's afraid of water, gets to go skin diving. Dates? Or torture? (And don't forget Emily and planes last week.) The group date is an appearance on Loveline with Mike & Dr. Drew, and when the dust settles 11 gals remain. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of College Basketball, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, RuPaul's Drag Race and American Experience. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

The Bachelor

The Bachelor
8/7c ABC
In the annals of Bachelor history, no villain has been more hissable than Brad Womack (Booooooooooo!!!), the Austin saloonkeeper who spurned both Jenni and DeAnna in 2007. Brad says that has paid dearly for his sins ("I hit rock bottom"), and that therapy has made him more kissable. He hopes. We'll see, beginning tonight, when he meets the 30 gals he'll be sifting through over the next two months. A dentist, an undertaker and a "manscaper" are among them. But first there's an encounter with Jenni and DeAnna. Then the first gal out of the limousine slaps him. Hard. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of the Orange Bowl, The Closer, American Experience, Greek, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

Dancing With The Stars

Dancing with the Stars
8/7c ABC
It's time once again for the celebrities to help design the costumes! From what we saw last week, Kelly may be putting Louis in a loud floral print, and Michael's designs may have Anna cursing him in Russian. However, let's hope Michael didn't spend too much time working on wardrobe at the expense of practicing, because he only narrowly escaped elimination last week by winning a dance-off against Louie Vito. Two stars exited in a double elimination last week, and tomorrow night two more will go.

Read on for previews of How I Met Your Mother, Greek, American Experience and Poliwood. read more

Lifetime Delivers a Memorable Daughter

In classic page-turner fashion, The Memory Keeper's Daughter opens on a dark and snowy night, with a fateful childbirth, the implications of which resonate over the next 20 years of secrets and lies, joys and sorrows. Lifetime chose well in adapting Kim Edwards' best-seller, which tells the best kind of what-would-you-do yarn. If the TV-movie is more labored and less affecting than the emotionally taut novel, it's ultimately satisfying and is just the sort of high-end tearjerker Lifetime should continue making. The story's irresistible hook comes early, as Dr. David Henry (Dermot Mulroney) is forced by weather and fate to deliver his own wife's baby, a "perfect" son. But there's a surprise twin: a girl with Down syndrome — this being 1964, he calls her a "mongoloid" — and he's so appalled he orders his adoring nurse, Caroline (Emily Watson), to whisk her to an asylum, telling wife Norah (Gretchen Mol) that Baby Phoebe died. This lie haunts and threa read more

Entourage concludes its entertaining Season 3

Can the professional marriage between Vince and Ari be saved? This burning question scorches its way with white-hot comic intensity through the second half of Entourage's ridiculously entertaining third season (Sundays, 10 pm/ET, HBO). When last we saw our Hollywood lads, back in August, movie star Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) had just broken up with — as in, fired — his volatile agent, Ari Gold (Emmy winner Jeremy Piven). The fallout is like something from a turbocharged romantic comedy, with money and movie deals acting as aphrodisiacs in a ruthless mating dance. "I can't just be friends," insists a desperate Ari, engaged in a literal tug-of-war for Vince's loyalty and affections with his foxy new agent, Amanda (the sizzling Carla Gugino), who has certain seductive assets Ari can't quite match. There's no business as low as showbiz, and Entourage revels in it. The show is o read more

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Premiered: October 04, 1988, on PBS
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Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen Kane' when it was released, and the Battle of the Bulge. In addition, its Scottsboro Boys film won an Emmy, and seven entries (including the Scottsboro and Kane films) earned Oscar nominations.

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